Together, we can reduce needless cruelty to animals.

Animal cruelty includes intentional, malicious acts of animal abuse and less clear-cut situations where the needs of an animal are neglected. Violence against animals has been linked to a higher likelihood of criminal violence and domestic abuse.

Animal cruelty and neglect exhibited by this dog tethered in the snow
No way to live

Continuously chaining or tethering a dog outside can lead to painful sores on the neck, increased anxiety and other negative effects on the animal's physical and psychological well-being.

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Combatting pet overpopulation

One way you can help reduce the number of animals without a comfortable home is to have your pets spayed or neutered. This will help reduce number of homeless pets and animals in shelters, which will lead to less animals euthanized each year. Spaying or neutering also has health and behavioral benefits for your pet.

Facts and stats

Have enacted animal cruelty laws that also include felony provisions since 2014.

woman nuzzling her dog

Also affect animals; women entering domestic violence shelters report that their partners hurt or killed the family pet.


Can be expected of a female dog who has been spayed. Male dogs who have been neutered can live 18% longer than those not.

Scared yellow dog left out in the rain and mud

For every animal saved, countless others are still suffering. By stepping up for them, you can create a future where animals no longer have to suffer in puppy mills, factory farms, testing labs or other heartbreaking situations. Start saving lives today!

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